Portugal – RTP, the national broadcaster in charge of the national final, hosted the Grand Final of Festival da Canção 2021! The Black Mamba won with “Love Is On My Side“!
Another national final is over, with many weeks in the making! Remember, a total of six hosts presented the three shows: 2 for each shows: Jorge Gabriel and Sonia Araujo (first semi-final); José Carlos Malato and Tânia Ribas de Oliveira (second semi-final); Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim (grand final). In the end, it’s Inês Lopes Gonçalves whom the people saw the most, as she was the green host through all shows.
The Final was hosted at the RTP studios in Lisbon. This was tonight’s line-up:
- Karetus & Romeu Bairos – Saudade
- Joana Alegre – Joana do Mar
- Fábia Maia – Dia lindo
- Valéria – Na mais profunda saudade
- Carolina Deslandes – Por um triz
- NEEV – Dancing in The Stars
- Pedro Gonçalves – Não vou ficar
- Sara Afonso – Contramão
- EU.CLIDES – Volte-face
- The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side
Then the 7 regional juries voted, with Carolina Deslandes (considered the big favorite) winning above The Black Mamba, Sara Afonso and EU.CLIDES in the Top 4. These points turned into 12, 10, 8-1 eurovision style, the same points would be added with televote. And, surprise, Carolina Deslandes was only 3rd in televote and with a total of 20pts, she could not beat The Black Mamba. They were second of televote after all, as NEEV won that set of votes as he was expected to.
Just like last year, the entry with 10pts from both set of votes get the compromise win after juries and televote disagreed on their favorites (to the point one can wonder how much the juries want to kill televote favorites, as it happened also in Estonia). More importantly for us Eurovision fans, Portuguese televote had the two entries in English as their Top 2, putting an end to a long debate on whether it could go that way: it can! The Black Mamba opened FdC as the first to go in the first semi-final, and they closed FdC as the last to go in the Final! They will now go to Rotterdam!
What do you think of this entry? What are its chances in Rotterdam?